This is a fantastic re-issue of the original, abridged, full cast edition. If you've previously purchased that edition (predominantly orange cover) skip this and go for the World War Z: The Lost Files: A Companion to the Abridged Edition.
This was re-released as a package with the previously removed sections around the time the controversial film 'adaptation' was released but don't let that stop you. The only similarities between the film and the book are a few bits of dialogue, character names, and one location. (personally I enjoyed the movie as a standalone story, though the ending was problematic).
This is a rich and detailed retelling of the Zombie War as testified to by survivors and a fascinating, deliberately enigmatic, interviewer. It covers cultural, logistical, political and more aspects of such an event. This is not a thoughtless cash grab or action packed military spectacle, it is presented as a thoughtful analysis of a series of tragedies and triumphs.
I love this book. Love, love, love it, and I've always wanted to hear it read aloud, ever since that disappointing movie. This audiobook was excellent, though there were a few notable disappointments, particularly in Sharon's interview. I wish they'd replicated her sound effects, as well as those of other characters, such as Wainio's tapping. Her moan was also a bit disappoint, seeing as how it was hyped up as terrifyingly realistic. I don't know, maybe zombies just sound kinda dumb. There were some great high points, though. I ADORED the voices of the Whacko and Wainio, as well as Joe and Dr. Jingshu. Other than the lack of sound effects and poor moan, Sharon was excellent as well, and everyone did a great job of capturing the character and how they felt. I'd give this a 4.5 in performance if I could, probably a five if I didn't feel the need to point out my one major qualm
I've listened to this book at least 20 times if not more. It's just so well done and I almost always notice a new connection between stories I hadn't notice before. All the characters are great. I wish I could find more books like this.
Not only was this book extremely well written and executed, but its format really benefited from the full cast in a way most books could not. Not to mention the casts' brilliant performances. Top notch in every facet. I loved it.